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Competitive Edge: 6/18-6/24

Competitive Edge: 6/18-6/24

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Blue Devils B
The 2012 Drum Corps International Tour Monday, June 18 through Sunday, June 24 High scores of the week World Class: Carolina Crown (75.10), June 20, Martin, TN Open Class: Blue Devils B (66.60), June 22, Clovis CA High caption scores of the week by section High caption scores are figured from events that used an eight-judge panel. World Class: Brass: Carolina Crown (16.0), June 23, Orlando, FL Percussion: Santa Clara Vanguard (15.5), June 23, Stanford, CA

Santa Clara Vanguard
Color Guard: Blue Devils (14.8), June 22, Clovis, CA Open Class: Brass: Vanguard Cadets (13.9), June 23, Stanford, CA Percussion: Blue Devils B (13.5), June 22, Clovis, CA Color Guard: Blue Devils B (13.4), June 22, Clovis, CA View all scores and recaps. Storylines to watch • In a season that so far has pointed to lower scores across the board compared to 2011, the Blue Devils have been the only of DCI's World Class corps to date other than the Cadets to score above 70 points in their first contest of the season. BD's score of 73.70 on June 22 in Clovis, Calif., is the corps' lowest season-opening score in 12 years when the corps scored 73.55 on June 17, 2000 in Concord, Calif. It's been nearly 20 years since the Blue Devils have scored less than 70 points in their first contest of the season. • Of the World Class corps who have competed to date, the Blue Devils are the only currently on the Tour with a chance to pull off an undefeated season in 2012.

Carolina Crown
• As of this week, Carolina Crown is the only corps to have passed the 75-point mark. Bluecoats are on the cusp of that scoring milestone, earning a 74.10 on June 23 in Woodbury, Minn., which was a big jump in score having earned a 71.00 one day earlier in Madison. The next time Carolina Crown and the Bluecoats will meet is June 30 in Michigan City, Ind. • It took four shows to do so, but the Cavaliers finally eclipsed the 70-point mark on June 21 in Dothan, Ala. scoring 70.55. The corps would drop back below 70 two days later in Orlando finishing at 69.80. • Open Class corps made their debut on Friday, June 22. While the Colt Cadets performed in Madison, Wis., Blue Devils B and Vanguard Cadets went head-to-head in Clovis, Calif. Blue Devils B, the top Open Class corps at the contest, placed 2.15 points ahead of the second place Vanguard Cadets. Nothing unusual for either corps, as this is the fourth year Blue Devils B has taken top Open Class honors in Clovis, placing 2.3 points ahead of Vanguard Cadets in 2011, 2.5 points in 2010, and 3.2 points in 2009. • The Cadets continue to narrow the gap in scores between themselves and Carolina Crown. After finishing 1.8 points behind Crown in Dothan, Ala. on June 21, the Cadets came within 0.30 of sharing the top spot with Crown in Orlando on June 22. It hasn't been since the first event of the 2012 season in Akron, Ohio that the Cadets have finished ahead of Crown.

Phantom Regiment
• Now in full swing on their early-season West Coast trip, Phantom Regiment finished 1.65 points below the Blue Devils on BD's home turf at Stanford Stadium on June 23. • Santa Clara Vanguard is tracking slightly ahead of the Cavaliers scoring 71.40 to the Cavaliers' 69.80 at two different events on the same day. It hasn't been since their 1999 World Championship season that Vanguard has finished ahead of the Cavaliers at any event. The first time the two corps will meet head-to-head in 2012 is July 13 in Lisle, Ill. • In 2011, Spirit of Atlanta never came closer than 1.8 to passing the Madison Scouts, but already in 2012, Spirit has come within 0.10 of Madison's score on June 22 in Madison, Wis. and within 0.70 two days later in Sioux Falls, S.D. • Santa Clara Vanguard's scores have been helped by a strong effort from its percussion section. On Saturday in Stanford, Calif., SCV's drums put up a 15.5 in the percussion caption, a half a point ahead of the Blue Devils, and 1.2 ahead of Phantom Regiment. • In the second week of the 2012 Drum Corps International Tour, corps that will be making their first performances of the season include: 7th Regiment (June 29, Ft. Edward/Glen Falls, NY), Cascades (June 29, Hillsboro, OR), City Sound (June 29, Oceanside, CA), Colts (June 25, Fort Mill, SC), Gold (June 29, Oceanside, CA), Impulse (June 29, Oceanside, CA), Jersey Surf (June 29, Ft. Edward/Glen Falls, NY), Oregon Crusaders (June 28, Medford, OR), Spartans (June 30, Lynn, MA), Teal Sound (June 29, Ft. Edward/Glen Falls, NY), Thunder (June 29, Hillsboro, OR), Velvet Knights (June 29, Oceanside, CA) This week's upcoming events

Blue Devils
Monday, June 25 Ft. Mill, SC Tuesday, June 26 Mankato, MN Sevierville, TN Santa Clara, CA Wednesday, June 27 Fairfield, OH Thursday, June 28 Merrillville, IN Medford, OR Friday, June 29 Oceanside, CA Ft. Edward/Glens Falls, NY Hillsboro, OR Muncie, IN

Pacific Crest
Saturday, June 30 Renton, WA Walnut, CA Michigan City, IN Lynn, MA Sunday, July 1 Riverside, CA Tri Cities, WA New Haven, CT Muscatine, IA View the complete 2012 DCI Tour schedule. Photos: Chris Maher, corpsreps.com; Jessica Skogh

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